The Metro - Down And Out At The Gates Of Heaven

Game Master jemstone

Drawn together by a series of grisly crimes, a small band of truth-seekers find themselves facing the rise of a new, murderous subculture within their high-rise metropolitan home. Can they stop the burgeoning "Spill Killer" before it's too late?


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Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17
Atomic Rocket Games wrote:

While none of you got the requisite Very Difficult DC 28 result, a couple of you got the Difficult DC 23 result, so...

Zerin and BART both catch sight of two or three people at random points in the feeds who all appear to be wearing feedback suits under their normal clothing. A tug at an uncomfortable neckline, perhaps, or grabbing at the cuff line at the wrist and pulling to help stretch the sleeve to a more comfortable fit. They look like they're waiting for something.

Could be anything, though. You only see them once or twice, and feedback suits aren't that uncommon.

I'm making an assumption that the following actions are permitable, is it possible to do a check to see if the folks in the feedback suits look like they're armed?

Zerin, picking up on the same details as BART reaches forward to pause a feed and move it to a frame with one of the individuals featured, tapping the image with a look at BART to see if it's someone he noticed as well.


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

Emily looks at what Zerin points to from where she is and is silently annoyed that she didn't notice anything.


The GM will have an update sometime this weekend, as life is eating his face.


Answering Zerin first.

Zerin wrote:
Is it possible to do a check to see if the folks in the feedback suits look like they're armed?

As you're viewing this remotely, via surveillance equipment, and viewing it via a secondary feed, and are not moving in among the crowds where you can see things like weight distributions and bulk displacements that would come from concealed weapons. You don't see anyone carrying any obvious, open carry weapons, however. Most folks who do have weapons licenses only have open carry permits - concealed permits are much more expensive and require a lot of scrutiny that most people don't want to submit to. In general, there isn't much in the way of weapon checks going on in any of the monitored areas.

BART wrote:
B.A.R.T. points to a couple of figures in the feed and turns to the detective. "You running any people with feedback suits, Detective?"

Eteki cocks an eyebrow and shrugs. "As I've said before, I'm not running this show. But the best of my knowledge? The Feds, aren't doing that, no."

Over the communication's channel, the voice of Agent Axelrod chimes in.

"We aren't," he says, his tone carrying the up-tick of a man whose interest has been piqued. "Do us a favor and start isolating them on your end in the feeds. They'll repeat back to us and we'll start running recognition on them. The sooner the better, if you please. Agents Ridley and Moore, start multitasking as soon as you get the first hit back from our friends in the white room."

Eteki chuckles. "Well, raise your hand, who thought this was going to be boring."

He opens the feeds up to interactive mode. The images wait for your input.


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17

"Boring is good. The more interesting it gets, the less safe things likely are." Zerin gripes, as she analyzes the feeds. She's curious if she recognizes any persons of interest, but more importantly, if there's evidence of the feed being tampered with.

Seeking clarification: the fees is in interactive mode, this is a live feed of our base locations, yes? And this is on top of the initial scan that some of us passed our checks on?

I forgot to specify earlier, but Zerin is very happy to NOT have them digging around inside her shop, that was why she wanted clarification it was outside only.

Also, Agent Axelrod? I missed that :laughs:


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

Emily rubs her hands together excitedly and pulls a chair up to sit and watch, trying to see what they see.


The GM has had some life issues in the form of a sick cat, the next post will be soon!


The game will resume after the New Year, never fear!


It only takes a few moments for BART and Zerin to isolate the people they see who appear to be wearing feedback suits under their civvies: between them, there are a total of five individuals who are wearing suits.

As each individual is highlighted, their faces are projected into a separate feed, where their features are played against POS-ID databases. Almost immediately, hits come back, identifying the individuals and stacking up their POS-ID particulars against one another. A librarian, a sanitation worker, a junior-level manager of a protein reclamation company, a lifestyle and fashion blogger, and a cab driver. No known connections between any of them, though they all subscribe to two of the same Social-casts - which isn't saying a lot, as both of those casts are incredibly popular - and they all live in a six-square block section of Mid Town.

There was a sixth individual, but he moved out of the observation area before you caught the connection. Rewinding the feed he appeared in, recognition against POS-ID shows him to be a member of a local chapter of The Church Of The City, a fairly well-known and innocuous street preacher/counselor who spends his days distributing sandwiches and water to those in need.

If there's a connection, here, it doesn't appear to be immediately obvious.

If you have anything to respond to at this point, here is where you do it, otherwise, we will advance the story several hours. Everyone gets two posts to do their thing.


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

Emily says "Well damn.." and shakes her head. The look on her face says she's totally flummoxed.


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17

Zerin saves a copy of the ID info in case it becomes relevant. She's not particularly impressed that it took them coming in to notice the oddities, but the cops now have this info and it's ultimately their show... (and they're stuck in the station for the time being).


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15

I got nothin'


Male Puppeteer (Podbaby) Post-Human
Attributes:
INIT 5 | SPD (Base) 8/12 | SPD (Run) 80/120 | TGH/RES 5/2 | Bruises NA | Willpower 18 | Perception 14

As they review the POS-ID information of the locals, BART just shrugs his way through it. When they rewind back to the sixth person passing through, BART leans in towards the screen.

"Hunh... why didn't I think of that?


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15

Avryl looks at B.A.R.T., rather confused. "I beg your pardon? Think of what?"


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

Emily sits forward and says "I'm all ears"


Male Puppeteer (Podbaby) Post-Human
Attributes:
INIT 5 | SPD (Base) 8/12 | SPD (Run) 80/120 | TGH/RES 5/2 | Bruises NA | Willpower 18 | Perception 14

BART straightens up in surprise at the replies. "S$+$, I said that out loud, didn't I?"

"Okay. It's like this. A lot of my job is getting into, out of and through places where I shouldn't normally be. Because I can't wear a disguise like a normal person, my professional body is made for speed, maneuverability and gear that lets me travel in all three dimensions. If I COULD wear a disguise, clergy is a great option."

BART begins gesturing with his hands as he gets more involved in his explanation. "Nobody looks at priests like they look at other people. Even around cops or other emergency response folks, it's still `Pardon me, Father` and `Can I help you, Padre`. And a priest who's part of a movement that helps the poor and indigent? That means you could be walking through all kinds of disused, dilapidated areas without anyone thinking it was weird. Hell, the city even gives out parking placards to them in case of, and this if hilarious, a `clerical emergency` so they can park a vehicle where ever they want without even getting a ticket."

Wrapping up, BART points at the image on the screen. "I'm not saying that's your killer. And I know it sounds paranoid. But at this point, I'm thinking paranoid maybe the new normal under the circumstances."


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

Emily says, "I suddenly feel the need to do a story on street preachers..."


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17
B.A.R.T. wrote:
BART begins gesturing with his hands as he gets more involved in his explanation. "Nobody looks at priests like they look at other people. Even around cops or other emergency response folks, it's still `Pardon me, Father` and `Can I help you, Padre`. And a priest who's part of a movement that helps the poor and indigent? That means you could be walking through all kinds of disused, dilapidated areas without anyone thinking it was weird. Hell, the city even gives out parking placards to them in case of, and this if hilarious, a `clerical emergency` so they can park a vehicle where ever they want without even getting a ticket."

"Priests and maintenance workers, ignored until something goes wrong." A note of wry reflection in Zerin's tone.


Detective Eteki, along with Agent Axelrod and his team, take note of BART's observation, but beyond putting a flag on the preacher's POS-ID, there's not much they can do with him beyond bringing him in for questioning. Axelrod makes mention of having to do a lot more CCTV research, so as to compare incidental faces against known registered clergy, and being grateful for automatic systems, since he sure as hell doesn't want to put in the OT.

After a good, long period of incredibly boring waiting, the agents and Eteki finally accept that they can't identify anyone who looks like they're hanging around your places of work or residence that shouldn't be there.

"None of this means that you're all safe, or that you're in the clear," Axelrod mentions. "We still have a serial killer out there, and the fact that he's sent you hard proof that he's responsible for Ms. Mendez' murder means he wants something from at least one of you. Most likely you, Ms. Carter, but... we still don't know what that is."

"So we're going to give you all panic buttons. Anything - and I mean anything - out of the ordinary happens, you tap that icon on your AR and we'll be on your doorstep within ninety seconds. There will be at least one agent watching you at all times, until we're sure that this isn't just some kind of misdirection."

With, you're all released from what amounted to temporary protective custody, and let loose to go back to your lives (with the obvious caveat, of course, that you can't leave the city without supervision). And, for a time, things to back to normal. In fact, they even accept that you aren't being actively tailed, and - with the possible indication that another Spiller dying an "unusual" death in the New York Metro showing that the killer has potentially moved again, it appears that you're all - for now - in the clear.

A week goes by.

And then another.

Feel free to spend the XP you've been earning all this time, but remember to mention what you've purchased or improved in the Discussion forum.

Midway through the third week after your observers are pulled off of your details, BART is given another delivery.

This time, it's to be delivered to Avryl.


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

What was the official word and what Emily can and can't broadcast immediately? I am assuming nothing relating to the case, but want to check. She's going to need to make something up and make it sound GOOD if they want her to pretend nothing happened. She's missed a ton of live stream time...


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15

Avryl stares at the package like it's a potential bomb, sitting on her desk, trying to look innocent. Nothing had happened in the 2-and-a-half weeks, and now, with police observers gone, this shows up. Coincidence?

"BART," she begins, "Is there a return address, by chance? Or am I being paranoid all of the sudden?"


Emily Theora Carter wrote:
What was the official word and what Emily can and can't broadcast immediately? I am assuming nothing relating to the case, but want to check. She's going to need to make something up and make it sound GOOD if they want her to pretend nothing happened. She's missed a ton of live stream time...

Nothing about the case. You're cleared to talk about anything but the case. You can't even say that you were in police custody. Agent Eteki suggests that you be vague and let your numbers climb thanks to conspiracy theories.


Male Puppeteer (Podbaby) Post-Human
Attributes:
INIT 5 | SPD (Base) 8/12 | SPD (Run) 80/120 | TGH/RES 5/2 | Bruises NA | Willpower 18 | Perception 14

Matt, you may want to revise your post.

BART would have checked the package for irregularities or similarities to Carter's package. If it was given to him under similar circumstances with an anonymous sender, no return address and definitely Avryl's address, he'd have sent her a confidential text to meet him somewhere public at a specific time. He would have followed up with another confidential message to Zerin, letting her know to meet him and Avryl where and when because there had been another package. Then, with a reluctant sigh, and an audible "G~! D~%MIT.", he would have similarly invited Carter as well because... ugh... it's HER life, too.

After that, he would have contacted Detective Eteki to pick up the four of them at the location because we might have another package.


As it happens, the package does have a return address, but like most of your packages, it is picked up from the Postal Pylon. The sender and the return address don't have to be the same person, however.

Its return address is a private postal box in the Chicago Metro.

The name on the return address is listed as "Caitlin Moss." It is packed in a plain, anonymous brown box, like most packages. It was specifically requested to be delivered by BART.

Both Avryl and BART can make a Reputation Check against Socials or The Media to know who Caitlin Moss is (that would be INT + the appropriate Rep + 2d6), but she's certainly not anyone that Avryl knows.


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15

"Hmmm…Caitlin Moss…"

Reputation Check: 2d6 + 8 ⇒ (4, 6) + 8 = 18


Avryl Grimaldi wrote:

"Hmmm…Caitlin Moss…"

[dice=Reputation Check]2d6+8

Please remember to mention which Reputation you're rolling against, as it will impact what information you receive. Also, your check is INT + REP + 2d6, remember to delineate those in your dice rolls.


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15

Both are zero, but I get it, I should've chosen one, not to mention defining which was INT and REP. Let's go with the Media in this case. Sound okay?


Avryl Grimaldi wrote:
Both are zero, but I get it, I should've chosen one, not to mention defining which was INT and REP. Let's go with the Media in this case. Sound okay?

Sounds good.


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17
B.A.R.T. wrote:

Matt, you may want to revise your post.

BART would have checked the package for irregularities or similarities to Carter's package. If it was given to him under similar circumstances with an anonymous sender, no return address and definitely Avryl's address, he'd have sent her a confidential text to meet him somewhere public at a specific time. He would have followed up with another confidential message to Zerin, letting her know to meet him and Avryl where and when because there had been another package. Then, with a reluctant sigh, and an audible "G!+ D$*MIT.", he would have similarly invited Carter as well because... ugh... it's HER life, too.

After that, he would have contacted Detective Eteki to pick up the four of them at the location because we might have another package.

Zerin will scope out the meeting location before hand, paranoia being a thing, but will arrive for the meeting.

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